Cadillac DTS Reviews from North America

2011 Cadillac DTS 4.6L V8

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carLexus LS

Summary:

Fantastic car. Highly recommended

Faults:

Front rotors had to be replaced already.

There is a squeaking sound coming from the back seats; not sure what it could be.

General Comments:

People will look at you in this car... this Cadillac is the ultimate American status symbol.

Beautiful interior, leather seats, chrome accents, wood trim, plush carpeting, etc.

Heated and cooled seats work incredibly well in the winter/summer.

Excellent interior room and very quiet at highway speeds.

The air conditioning is awesome, it gets so cold after 5 minutes I have to turn it down!! Same with the heat!!

Massive trunk, you will have extra room left even when it's full.

Very strong acceleration from the V8 in this car... you will not be disappointed!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2014

10th Apr 2014, 16:03

"Massive trunk, you will have extra room left even when it's full"?

What, are you holding down the trunk lid with bungees?

10th Apr 2014, 19:27

We had a similar car, same model, same engine. Great luxury ride, just keep on top of the cooling system with that Northstar engine. If it starts to run hot, lose coolant, or overheat then stop driving it immediately and get your head gasket looked at. Mine started leaking, blew out and warped the head at only 51,000 miles. Would've been a lot cheaper to fix if we hadn't kept driving it hot. Great cars, it's just that a lot of people forget that you may find a used Cadillac cheap, but you definitely need a Cadillac budget to maintain one. Good luck, happy miles.

11th Apr 2014, 17:54

I thought the overheating issue was corrected after the '03 model year. What year was your DTS, was it the older DeVille model? I am considering buying one of these next year, and really want to know if this was still an issue on the later models?

12th Apr 2014, 11:25

2003 is when they fixed the head bolt issue. Any Northstar from any year, if you overheat it once it's pretty much done.

12th Apr 2014, 19:49

You may be right, ours was actually a 2001 DTS, almost 10 years older than the one reviewed. Hopefully they corrected that issue by now. But I've seen it happen to '95 models, and still by '01 they didn't correct so I'd be a bit leery still. Used Cadillacs can be had pretty cheap, but be prepared for the maintenance and repairs. I read on a Cadillac forum that if you get a Northstar engine don't get one older than '05, they finally put coarser threads in the head bolts by then, but if it's '03 or older, you're still taking a gamble.

13th Apr 2014, 21:17

I'll take the push-rod 4.9 and 4.5 V8's over the Northstar any day; they were much more reliable and a lot easier to work on.

2007 Cadillac DTS Platinum 4.6

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carChrysler 300

Summary:

The ultimate American status symbol

Faults:

Nothing major... just very minor things.

Trunk brake light strip has a few burned out LED's.

Several new wheel bearings/hubs needed replaced.

Power steering leak, which was an inexpensive fix.

Not to complain... but gas mileage is pretty disappointing... I'm getting around 12-14 MPG... but that's to be expected from such a large vehicle.

General Comments:

Super smooth and powerful... this car drives like a dream.

The 4.6L V8 has TONS of reserve power on tap... excellent for passing on the highway!! It sounds like a jet taking off when you floor it.

Interior and seats are super comfortable. The leather still looks and smells like brand new and holds up well.

The factory Bose sound system and XM radio are awesome and sound fantastic. There is also a factory Monsoon amplifier in the trunk for added effect.

Highway travel is a breeze, and you never get bored with all the extra toys and features in this car.

The paint and exterior always shine like new with one trip through the car wash... especially with the factory chrome wheels.

Bluetooth dialing and voice controls are also fun to play with. The OnStar navigation is surprisingly accurate.

Plenty of interior room make this the perfect cross country cruiser. It feels like you are sitting on a leather sofa in your living room, even at 100 MPH.

The auto-start feature is AWESOME in the winter!!

This model also came with rear window blinds and sunshade built into the windows... adding that extra level of privacy.

If you want the ultimate in top of the line luxury and performance... look no further than a Cadillac DTS... but be prepared for the maintenance and running costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2014

2nd Apr 2014, 12:15

Be prepared, no doubt when it comes to that Northstar.

4th Apr 2014, 11:45

My dad has owned a 2007 and 2010 DTS, and he got 28 MPG from them. Talking about sounding like a jet engine when you floor it and going 100 mph is probably why you are getting 12-14 MPG. Performance is nice, but don't complain about gas mileage as a result.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 11 reviews